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As we listen to the search for the lost Malaysian airline flight MH370 in the vast Indian Ocean my thoughts turned to my ancestors who were shipwrecked in this area in 1853. Thomas Alfred Henderson and his wife Margaret along with their eight children sailed on the English Barque “The Meridian” on her voyage between Sydney and London. On the 24 August 1853 the vessel hit rocks on the south west end of Amsterdam Island and disintegrated leaving passengers and crew stranded on this isolated, desolate island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Click here to read more about their experience